NFL Games Make Up For The Top-10 Most Watched Television Shows Since Week 1

The NFL’s television ratings for Week 1 were down considerably from last year, but certain games have absolutely taken over the ratings since the 2020 season began on Sept. 10.

According to NFL Media, the 10 most watched shows since the start of the season have all been NFL games.

Atop the list was the Week 1 tilt between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints on FOX, which drew 26.3 million viewers. That game marked Tom Brady’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it was only the sixth ever showdown between he and Drew Brees, the league’s two all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leaders.

So it’s no surprise that Brees vs. Brady 6.0 led to massive viewership umbers.

No. 2 on the list was the Week 1 Kickoff Game between the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. That game drew 20.6 million viewers.

The Week 1 Sunday Night Football tilt between the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams – the first game at the new SoFi Stadium – drew 19 million viewers. That was slightly ahead of the Chiefs-Los Angeles Chargers Week 2 game (also at SoFi Stadium) that drew 18.9 million viewers.

The thrilling Week 2 Sunday Night Football showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots rounded out the top five with 17.7 million viewers.

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The Dallas Cowboys’ improbable comeback against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday drew 16.9 million viewers, followed by the Green Bay Packers’ blowout road win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 (13.9 million) and the Miami Dolphins-Patriots tilt (13.7 million).

Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers-New York Giants Week 1 Monday Night Football contest drew 11.2 million viewers. The last game to reach the top 10 was the Giants’ Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears, which reached 9.8 million viewers.

The NFL has had competition with the NBA and NHL Playoffs; their 2019-20 seasons were on pause for nearly five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the competition clearly hasn’t affected the NFL’s viewership that much.

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